The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a council in the south west after a 51 year old female employee sustained injuries to her pelvis and Achilles tendon after being thrown from a tractor.
Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard that the worker was undertaking maintenance work whilst driving a tractor and trailer. The employee braked when the vehicle was on a slope but it skidded and turned over throwing her out of the vehicle.
The HSE reported that the tractor was not fitted with a seat belt and the worker had not received any training. Furthermore, the tractor had been purchased outside of the normal procurement procedures. Therefore, no training from the supplier had been provided.
The court fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £4,700 in costs after admitting two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
After the case was heard, Kate Leftly from the HSE said:
“Every year, there are accidents involving transport in the workplace, some of which result in people being injured or even killed. People fall from vehicles, are knocked down, run over, or crushed against fixed parts, plant and trailers.”